Area benefiting from stimulus funds

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Nine months into the Obama administration's stimulus plan for the nation's economy, the flow of dollars into the Augusta region has generated more than news.

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The Augusta Housing Authority is using $6.1 million to renovate the Peabody Apartments.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
The Augusta Housing Authority is using $6.1 million to renovate the Peabody Apartments.

Anglers at Thurmond Lake can enjoy new courtesy docks and recreation facilities. Medical College of Georgia researchers are awaiting funds for research and computers. Road widenings and repavings are moving forward ahead of schedule. Even the Augusta Housing Authority will see some green that includes $6.1 million in renovations for Peabody Apartments.

The biggest stimulus apple in the local economy is tied to the $1.6 billion in U.S. Energy Department funding at Savannah River Site, where thousands of workers are either at work or being added in hopes of completing environmental cleanup projects years ahead of schedule.

"The total head count as of Jan. 8, 2010, is 2,860," SRS spokesman Jim Giusti said Wednesday. The goal announced at the program's onset was to create or retain at least 3,000 jobs.

Most of the stimulus funds are being managed by the site's main contractor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, and are being used to accelerate projects that include the decommissioning of P and R reactors, which once produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear arsenal. Workers also hope to speed up exporting of nuclear waste shipments from SRS and demolition of obsolete buildings.

Though the spending, and the jobs, are expected to last only through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act's September 2011 deadline, the impact of the SRS cleanup projects will be felt for much longer, according to Rick McLeod, the executive director of the SRS Community Reuse Organization, an economic development consortium.

"What will last longer is the issue of reducing the site footprint, which is one of the things this series of projects is supposed to do," he said.

Speeding up efforts to consolidate the site's activities within a much smaller area will in time free up outlying areas for reuse and new missions sooner, he said.

"As they consolidate and shrink those areas, more land becomes suitable for other uses -- not only things like an energy park but for other community activities."

Reach Rob Pavey at 868-1222, ext. 119, or rob.pavey@augustachronicle.com.

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/14/10 - 02:17 pm
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Maybe when the CSRA can get

Maybe when the CSRA can get off its dependence on the government a teet, then it can develop a vibrant private-sector based economy. But this just proves once again that The CSRA is nothing more than one giant welfare recipient waiting for dey guvmint check in the mail.

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IsAmericaFree 01/14/10 - 03:42 pm
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Can someone explain to me how

Can someone explain to me how a governement can borrow funds and declare itself "richer"? I can't go to the bank and get a loan, give it away, and then tell everyone how rich and financial stable I am. Isn't that what our governement is doing? If we the people don't wake up now and stop this madness, we'll be waking up to a Chinese government in the future!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/14/10 - 06:33 pm
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So many want confiscatory

So many want confiscatory taxes to pay their way through life...taxes paid by anyone but them. This form of theft is acceptable if you vote Dem. Where's the common ground?

fiscallyresponsible
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fiscallyresponsible 01/14/10 - 09:04 pm
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If you do the math, our

If you do the math, our stimulus money at SRS cost the taxpayers $559,440 per job. 1.6 Billion for 2860 jobs.

HollyHoly
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HollyHoly 01/14/10 - 09:24 pm
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whatever

whatever

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 01/14/10 - 09:33 pm
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Emerydan - Your 1:17 post

Emerydan - Your 1:17 post said - The CSRA is nothing more than one giant welfare recipient waiting for dey guvmint check in the mail. Excuse me but I believe government agencies use direct deposit or EBT instead of mailing check anymore. You may try reading more. It’s educational!

jack
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jack 01/14/10 - 09:35 pm
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Like B.J. Cliton's 1000 new

Like B.J. Cliton's 1000 new cops on tthe street, where those hired had to be laid off after the money ran out, BimbObama's temp jobs will be the same with little or no long term career jobs to show for almost a Trillion slush fund. True, however, even a temp job is better than none.

jack
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jack 01/14/10 - 09:36 pm
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BTW, 1941, I don't hate

BTW, 1941, I don't hate BimbObama, I hate all socialists who try to convert our great nation from the capitalist machine that made it the greatest in man's history.

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